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Management

How to Manage People With Different Work Styles

Work styles involve the way people interact with each other, think, and get things done. No style is better than any other style. For any team to thrive, it needs different people, ideas, and work techniques. When managers hire new team members, they have to decide if the individual’s style will work well with everyone

Management

Why Ignoring Work Performance Will Cost You Time & Money

The department is mostly empty because everyone has gone to lunch. Your annoying co-worker is still there, though, humming loudly to the music piping through her earbuds, so you slowly cross the office floor.  This time you’ll do it, you tell yourself. Kristin is a nice enough person, but she’s been coming to work an

Teams

10 Examples of Career Goals [For Job Interviews and Performance Reviews]

“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Anyone who has ever been in a job interview or a performance review with their manager has likely heard at least one variation of this question. And yet, many applicants and employees continue to provide dry, unsure answers due to their limited thought regarding their career goals.

Management

How to Be a Hands-On Manager Without Micromanaging

Theodore Roosevelt once described an ideal manager as one who has the good instincts to hire the right people and enough self-restraint to keep from interfering with them while they work. That one sentence illustrates the fine line between being an attentive manager and a micromanager. If you’ve ever had a micromanaging boss, you’ll know

Culture

Team Dynamics Matter More Than You Think… Here’s How to Improve Yours

What are team dynamics? Let me answer that question by telling you what happens when yours are poor or even toxic. I once worked in a department that had an outstanding leader, so it functioned well for the most part. But despite his best efforts, there was one woman- let’s call her Rhonda- who made

Teams

How to Format a Memo so People Will Read It

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen people react with shock when they’re told about an important departmental meeting or a new company policy. “Didn’t you get the memo?” I would ask. Naturally, they said no. But I know that a review of the company email logs would confirm that they did get

Management

The Art of Giving Feedback: 10 Tips for Busy Managers

“Can I give you some feedback?” At one time, I used to absolutely hate that question. Why? Because I worked for a boss who really meant, “Do you have time for me to tell you what you did wrong?” For him, giving feedback meant criticism. When new employees would complain that he never commented on

Experiments

How to Master Rockefeller Habits to Scale Your Business

Back in 2002, successful businessman Verne Harnish wrote a book he titled “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits.” The book highlighted specific practices that a business could follow to strengthen company culture and improve their bottom line. Its main premise is that these changes come through routine choices both leaders and employees make each and every day.

Management

How to Fire Someone Without Feeling Horrible About It

If you’re a manager, sooner or later you’re going to have to fire someone. Guaranteed. While it’s never fun, some experiences are more draining than others. As a manager, I’ve fired employees for no-brainer reasons, like falsifying timesheets and routinely calling in sick when their Facebook profiles showed them at a friend’s afternoon pool party.

Performance

30 Group Brainstorming Techniques to Find Your Next Great Idea

What is brainstorming? Simply defined, it is the process of coming up with new ideas or answers to problems. More specifically the concept of brainstorming in a business setting is the exchange of views amongst peers or teammates that are designed to generate creative ideas to improve procedures, fix issues, and increase productivity. While this

Culture

15 Ways to Radically Improve Teamwork in the Workplace

While everyone knows teamwork in the workplace is important, the hard part can often be getting everyone to work together. Whether someone runs a Fortune 500 company or a local coffee shop, there are common pitfalls to watch out for. From role uncertainty to unclear team goals, these problems can quickly get in the way

Management

How to Use the Six Thinking Hats Method for Problem Solving

Are difficult problems part of your daily life at the office? If so, stand up and wave your hand because I think we work at the same place! I manage projects at a creative agency, and it seems like every time I log into my email, there’s yet another large problem to deal with. For